Missouri has just learned that Barry Odom’s program is officially banned from postseason play in 2019.
This is a major blow to the momentum of the program, which many have projected as a top 25 preseason team looking forward to the 2019 season. This penalty stems from academic misconduct the NCAA discovered following a Missouri tutor’s decision to come forward with information after she claimed she cheated in order to help student-athletes with their academics.
According to the NCAA, the tutor completed coursework for 12 student-athletes over the course of one year.
The NCAA announced the decision on Thursday with the following comment:
In its decision, the committee stated, “Simply put, 12 student-athletes did not complete their own work.” It continued that the tutor engaged in the activity despite receiving extensive and comprehensive education on appropriate tutoring practices.
Here is an outline of the punishments being handed down by the NCAA:
- Three years of probation.
- A 10-year show-cause order for the former tutor. During that period, any NCAA member school employing the tutor must restrict her from any athletically related duties.
- A 2018-19 postseason ban for the baseball and softball programs.
- A 2019-20 postseason ban for the football program.
- A vacation of records in which football, baseball and softball student-athletes competed while ineligible. The university must provide a written report containing the matches impacted to the NCAA media coordination and statistics staff within 45 days of the public decision release.
- A 5 percent reduction in the amount of scholarships in each of the football, baseball and softball programs during the 2019-20 academic year.
- Recruiting restrictions for each of the football, baseball and softball programs during the 2019-20 academic year, including:
- A seven-week ban on unofficial visits.
- A 12.5 percent reduction in official visits.
- A seven-week ban on recruiting communications.
- A seven-week ban on all off-campus recruiting contacts and evaluations.
- A 12.5 percent reduction in recruiting-person or evaluation days.
- A disassociation of the tutor. Details of the disassociation can be found in the public report (self-imposed by the university).
- A fine of $5,000 plus 1 percent of each of the football, baseball and softball budgets.